US sanctions NATO ally Turkey

U.S. Sanctions Turkish Ministers Over American Pastor’s Detention

President Donald Trump threatened last week to impose ‘large sanctions’ on Turkey unless it frees the pastor


The United States has announced it would sanction Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu over the country’s imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying the two men played leading roles in his 2016 arrest and later detention.

“Pastor Brunson’s unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a subsequent statement formally announcing the financial restrictions. “President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately.”

U.S. President Donald Trump said he has discussed Brunson’s imprisonment directly with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on several occasions.